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Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard Vista. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. (Supports Windows and Mac OS X 10.3.9+.)
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What are the computer requirements for installations of LDB?
LDB is a “client” application that is installed to local computers. The computer requirements for the Windows version are as follows:
The computer requirements for the Macintosh version are as follows:
Will installing LDB change the existing settings for Internet Explorer or Safari? Is LDB as secure as the browser software currently installed on the computer?
LDB provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac) browsers that are already installed on computers. LDB does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that will display the custom interface when it is started. LDB uses the same security features and service packs currently installed for Internet Explorer and Safari. In summary, installing Respondus LockDown Browser won’t modify the current version of Internet Explorer or Safari, yet uses the same security settings and service packs that are installed for those browsers.
Are instructor training materials available for LDB?
Quick Start Guides for Respondus LockDown Browser are available here: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown.shtml (for both instructors and students). Demonstration movies for LDB are also available here: http://www.respondus.com/products/demos-ldb.shtml
Does anything need to be installed to a computer for Respondus LockDown Browser to be used for an online exam?
Yes, the installation application for Respondus LockDown Browser
must be run on the computer. This will place a shortcut on the Windows
desktop named "LockDown Browser" (on a Macintosh launch
“LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder). Students
must start Respondus LockDown Browser rather than starting another
browser if they want to access an assessment that requires Respondus
LockDown Browser. (Note, it is possible for an administrator to
"push" all setup files to a computer using Desktop Management
Software such as Altiris or Microsoft SMS. See the administrator
guide for additional information.)
Respondus LockDown Browser is a separate application than Internet Explorer or Safari. You must install Respondus LockDown Browser to a computer and then start the Respondus LockDown Browser program before logging into your online course. When the assessment is selected, it will then work as intended.
How to turn on Lockdown Browser:
1. From assessments click on security properties.
2. Then check the box for Respondus Lockdown Browser.
Where do I send students to download Lockdown Browser?
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Last updated or reviewed on 2/21/09